Dr. Soheir Stolba is a medical anthropologist who has 30 years of experience in maternal/health, family planning and reproductive health consulting. She has worked as a project designer, project manager, trainer, strategic planner, evaluator and researcher in several Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries. Dr. Stolba is a co-founder of the SHARE Institute and she serves as the Institute's President.
Dr. Stolba has special expertise in all aspects of proposal writing, research design, qualitative research methods and training, including curriculum development, training systems development, management of training events, participatory training, health policy analysis, strategic planning and quality assurance of training. She has worked in Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Lesotho, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, India, Holland, the USA, Mexico, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Kenya.
Dr. Stolba has worked for 30 years as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization. She experienced first hand, how foreign assistance sometimes does not reach the very poor. Moreover, as a consultant, she never really saw the results of her work. Consequently, due to her extensive experience in working in developing countries and her strong belief that sharing even a small amount of funding can help, she decided to launch The SHARE Institute. The unique focus of SHARE was and is her desire to work "small", and to focus on people-to-people assistance. In other words, SHARE helps the poorest of the poor by providing micro-credit loans and small grants that go toward education, technical training and health programs. Dr. Stolba manages most of the operations herself, which means she travels at least four months out of the year to such countries as Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria, etc.
SHARE works through local non-profit organizations. The mini-grants fund small but dynamic groups in developing countries. These groups have to show evidence of accountability and transparency in their work.
In order to obtain funding for SHARE's considerable number of programs, Dr. Stolba gives presentations, accepts speaking engagements and donations and sells beautiful and intricately designed jewelry, tablecloths and needlework produced by the women SHARE funds.